Post-term pregnancy and induction of labour resources

This page lists all the resources available from Dr Sara Wickham on the topics of post-term pregnancy and induction of labour.

Sara is an author and researcher who wrote her PhD thesis on post-term pregnancy (completed in 2008).

She has written two bestselling books on induction of labour. They are Inducing Labour: making informed decisions and In Your Own Time: how western medicine controls the start of labour and why this needs to stop.

Sara Wickham speaks all over the world on this topic from the perspective of wanting women and families to make the decisions that are right for them.

This page lists all of the resources on this topic that are available on this website.


Sara’s books on induction of labour

In Your Own Time

Inducing Labour

Which induction book do I need?

Key articles for women and families:

Five questions to ask if you’re offered induction of labour

Are there good reasons to induce labour?

What is a stretch and sweep?

How to cancel a labour induction?

What is the evidence?

Induction of labour at or before 42 weeks of pregnancy: new evidence

Induction for big baby: what’s the evidence?

Induction for advanced maternal age

Induction for gestational diabetes: what’s the evidence?

Questioning induction of labour in older women



Women’s experiences of induction

Women are not given adequate information about induction

Induction of labour: what do women think?

Why are some women dissatisfied after induction of labour?

More evidence on why women are dissatisfied after induction of labour

How do women feel about induction of labour for post-term pregnancy?

Women’s experiences of cervical ripening

The other side of the picture

Trends in induction of labour

Why your estimated due date might need a rethink

Induction associated with more interventions and adverse outcomes

Induction increases the chance of caesarean

Induction of labour and avoidable harm

Does induction really reduce the likelihood of caesarean section?

Further evidence that inducing labour in healthy women increases the chance of caesarean

Has the pandemic affected induction of labour?

Explaining the induction postcode lottery

Questioning the Guidance

The 2021 NICE guideline on inducing labour

Ten reasons to question the draft NICE Guideline on inducing labour

Research updates and discussion articles

Women’s LMP dates are just as accurate as scans…

Pregnancy length varies even more than we thought…

The madness of modern measurement

Whatever happened to the precautionary principle?

Can I have a natural placental birth after induction?

Induction, augmentation and autism…

Let’s be clear: labour onset is either spontaneous OR induced!

Membrane sweeping for induction of labour

Castor oil for labour induction


Research articles:

Journeying With Women: holistic midwives and relationship

Post-term Pregnancy: The Problem of the Boundaries

Stretching the fabric: from technocratic normal limits to holistic midwives’ negotiations of normalcy



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